Converting a Main Level Powder Bath to a Full Bath

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EXISTING DILEMMA:  Located in the Smokey Knoll subdivision right the heart of Carmel, this 28-year-old tri-level home had a downstairs guest bedroom with only a half bathroom nearby. As a result, guests were forced to climb two sets of stairs to take a shower. Although functional, the adjacent laundry room was outdated and in need of a fresh look. The homeowners wanted to convert the half bath to a full bath to make guests feel more comfortable in their home.


COMBINING ROOMS: In order to create enough space to add a full bath for guests, the original powder bath and laundry room were combined into one space. The existing guest bedroom doorway was terminated and relocated to the hallway wall. The interior hall walls were then modified allowing the extra hallway space to be used to expand the new bathroom/laundry room.


NATURAL LIGHT:  The window from the existing laundry room helps flood the expanded space with an abundant amount of natural light. The location of the shower and the frame-less glass enclosure also takes advantage of the natural light creating a warm and inviting experience for guests.

MATERIAL SELECTIONS:  “During the design phase, our material selections were inspired by a very clean and fresh look.” Large “Madison Silver” 12” x 24” tile was chosen for the floor and installed in a brick lay with 1/8” grout lines making the room appear bigger in size while also minimizing the amount of grout to clean.


The shower features Eastern Blanco 8” x 24” wall tile in a staggered vertical installation to add height while with 3” x 6” glass subway tile accents the niche.


The laundry area features above storage space for laundry detergents and supplies, a stainless steel rack for hang drying clothes, dedicated storage space for laundry hampers and linens and a Cambria quartz countertop in a “Torquay” color for folding. The same glass subway tile installed in the shower was used for the backsplash for a clean and consistent look.


FINAL RESULT:  “We love the brightness and elegance of the new laundry/bathroom the most. The remodel has dramatically improved our guests’ experience and it certainly makes doing laundry fun!”


Space Planning Improves Master Bath Functionality

EXISTING BATHROOM:  Located in rural Noblesville, this 11 year old master bathroom was suffering from water pressure issues and lack of functionality. “The original steam component of the shower quit working, the vessel sinks were not practical and the original angles of the walls created wasted space. We wanted to reconfigure the bathroom to allow for a bigger walk-in shower and a larger tub.”



EXPANDED SHOWER & TUB:  Once the demolition of the existing bathroom was complete, the wall framing was modified at the existing shower/vanity area to allow for the new shower half wall, bench and niches.


New water lines and shower valves were installed for the Delta “Dryden” shower heads and body sprays.


The existing tub drain and water supply lines were also relocated for the new Jacuzzi corner tub.


VANITY & CHARGING STATION DETAILS: With the second vanity gone, the main single sink vanity was replaced with a reverse double vanity in a sable with black glaze finish.


To maximize on storage space, the vanity features two floor level drawers as opposed to using false upper drawers.


A linen cabinet was added to the back wall for extra storage and also doubles as a charging station with built-in USB ports.

MATERIAL SELECTIONS: “We wanted more natural light in the bathroom and wanted the materials to reflect rich and warm colors.” Cambria quartz in a “Sussex” color was chosen for the vanity countertop and shower parts including the bench, wall, threshold and niche caps.


To contrast with the quartz material, “contempo tan” tile was selected for the shower wall while the “Gobi Corinth” accent tile and “Canyon Olive” heated floor tile add warmth.


Oil rubbed bronze finishes were chosen for all of the plumbing fixtures and hardware pieces to compliment the warm tones of the cabinetry and floor tile.


A glass panel was installed to the half wall to allow natural light to stream into the bathroom from the shower glass block window.



“The new layout of the bathroom is much more functional than what we had previously. At this time of the year, we have really come to appreciate and love the heated tile floor the most.”

If you’re facing similar complications in your current master bathroom, contact Case Indy today! Our talented design team is eager to help design your dream bathroom.

Blending Old with New in a 1920s Indianapolis Bungalow

EXISTING HOME: After living in their 95-year-old bungalow, located in the Butler/Tarkington area, for 25 years, the homeowners were growing tired of outdated cosmetics and poor flow in their kitchen/dining area and in their two hall bathrooms. “Our main priorities were to create a more open feel for what space we had and modernize the kitchen and bathrooms while staying true to the original style and charm of our home.”


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To create a more open concept feel, the original narrow doorways were widened and arched for a better sight-line from the formal dining room to the kitchen.


The kitchen had been renovated once before, so the homeowners opted to enhance the look of their kitchen with cosmetic upgrades. New doors and drawer fronts were installed and painted to match the existing cabinetry boxes.


A new backsplash was installed using “Lady Onyx” subway tile to complement the existing granite countertops.


To brighten up the space, the existing copper wallpaper on the ceiling was removed. New decorative molding was installed around the reapplied copper wallpaper to restore the historical charm of the kitchen.

To complete the final look, a new heated slate tile floor was installed in a small Versailles pattern throughout the kitchen and dining nook.




WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Campbell-Aldous015-copyThe original corner built-ins were revitalized with new molding and a fresh coat of white paint. The interiors were painted in a contrasting gray color to add depth and visual interest. Wainscoting was then installed around the perimeter of the room and white decorative trim was placed on the ceiling for added charm.


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With a second tub upstairs, the homeowners decided to rip out the existing tub and replace it with a walk-in shower. Once the new shower and niches were framed, black subway tile was installed on the left and right walls to tie in with the existing bathroom tile. White “Eastern Bianco” was installed on the back wall for brightness. Round accent tile in an amber glow color was chosen for the two niches to tie in the existing accent fleur-de-lis.


To add extra countertop space, a new granite countertop with side ledges was installed to the existing vanity.





The plumbing in the upstairs bath was all original and needed to be brought to modern standards. Shower plumbing was added to what was originally only a tub. The original shower tile was removed and replaced with 4×4 gloss black tile in a diagonal lay on the side walls. White 4×4 tile in a straight lay was chosen for the back wall to match the existing wall tile. The white and black basket-weave tile used for the niche and bathroom floor gives a cohesive look with the rest of the bathroom.


Stone veneer was then installed over the top of the existing stainless steel sheets to add texture and warmth to the bathroom.

FINAL RESULT:  “We love how everything came together to seamlessly blend with the original design elements of our home. We love everything, but our favorite is definitely the kitchen!”